bascule Posted January 22, 2010 Share Posted January 22, 2010 NASA GISS has published their GISTEMP analysis for 2009: http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/news/20100121/ 2009 was tied for the second warmest year in the modern record, a new NASA analysis of global surface temperature shows. The analysis, conducted by the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, also shows that in the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year since modern records began in 1880. Although 2008 was the coolest year of the decade, due to strong cooling of the tropical Pacific Ocean, 2009 saw a return to near-record global temperatures. The past year was only a fraction of a degree cooler than 2005, the warmest year on record, and tied with a cluster of other years — 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007 1998 and 2007 — as the second warmest year since recordkeeping began. So yes, contrary to various anecdotal reports of unusually cold winters, that "global warming has stalled", and other such nonsense, 2009 was actually unusually warm. Warming is continuing, and the earth has not gone into a "cooling phase". NASA also notes that the previous decade was the warmest decade on record. Latest plot of global mean surface temperature over time available here Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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